Daddy’s Dividends: Modernization of Fatherhood in Transnational Families of Ukrainian Migrant Women

  • Alissa V. Tolstokorova
Part of the International Perspectives on Migration book series (IPMI, volume 15)


The paper sets out to analyse the impact of the transnational family context on the transformation of paternity roles in families of Ukrainian migrant women, with a focus on gender specificities in the dynamics of the institution of fatherhood in these families. The objective of the paper is to trace the dynamics of masculinity applicable to those fathers left behind, as emerging from their paternity practices. The paper draws on the findings of a multisited field research project, which focused on the study of gendered implications of Ukrainian labour migration. The study identified two trends in fatherhood practices among men who were left behind, that is, responsible and irresponsible paternity, each of which was manifested in two models: the former is represented by such models as househusbands and Theresas fathers, whereas the latter is embodied in such models as Peter Pan daddies and stranded bon vivants.


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